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Toll castle (28 total)
A toll castle (German: Zollburg) is a castle that guarded a customs post and was intended to control it. They were typically found in the Holy Roman Empire. Toll castles always stood in the vicinity of an important long-distance trade route over, for example, the Alpine passes or the Middle Rhine. Such castles were usually placed at strategic locations, such as border crossings, river crossings or mountain passes, and were manned by armed guards. The actual toll-collecting point lay below at the road or river and was often linked by walls to the castle itself.
Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, a toll castle on the Falkenau island, otherwise known as Pfalz Island in the River Rhine near Kaub, Germany.
Photographer: Jörg Braukmann